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Of all the remakes currently in development across multiple studios, one that seems to be having a rough time getting off the ground is Relativity's 'The Crow.' At various points, actors like Mark Wahlberg and Bradley Cooper had been attached to star, but those developments have long since fallen through. Now, a source within the studio has revealed that James McAvoy is circling the role. If he officially signs on, he would play the lead role of Eric Draven, a man brought back from the dead to avenge his own murder as well as the murder of his fiancee. The original filmic adaptation of James O'Barr's graphic novel starred Brandon Lee and was marred by his tragic accidental on-set death. The remake is being helmed by F. Javier Gutierrez ('Before the Fall'), based on a script by Jesse Wigutow. At this point, no deal has been finalized.
With all due respect to Mr. McAvoy, I cannot understand why this remake has not been allowed to die. The Alex Proyas Crow film spawned a host of nigh unwatchable sequels that have all but destroyed public interest in this property. Granted, the graphic novel still has its fandom and I'm sure there are many who would like to see another version of this story on the big screen. However, is the public clamor for another 'Crow,' and the implied box office yield, so alluring that Relativity feels they must fight through false start after false start? Perhaps I wouldn't even be making this argument if not for the current selection for the protagonist. James McAvoy is a fine actor, but seeing him in this role is beyond difficult. While I am impressed with what he did with Professor Xavier in 'X-Men: First Class,' this is a third choice for this role that really does feel like a third choice. I suppose we will have to wait and see if the studio is able to secure their lead, something that has proven elusive for them thus far, before making final judgments.
What do you guys think? Is McAvoy right for the part? Will this remake every take flight?
Source: Bloody Disgusting